Getting the Most Out of Your Local Airport: Building Community Land Use Partnerships

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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With more than 50 general aviation airports in Florida, there are many possibilities for local jurisdictions to partner with airport managers to create opportunities for development and redevelopment that benefit both the airport and the surrounding community. This session will discuss the benefits of a comprehensive approach to planning of airport properties with communities through a focus on commerce areas, the development of modern, efficient, and adaptable facilities and infrastructure, and interconnections with the community through improvements that add to identity and quality of life for the broader community.

Collaboration between public entities is crucial to creating great communities.  Often, airports and local jurisdictions operate without regard for each other, missing out on opportunities to better leverage improvements.  This session will give the attendee an improved understanding of how to maximize the working relationship with their local airport. 

No personal or professional promotion will be done as part of the session.

The panel style discussion will give each presenter the opportunity to discuss best practices and to answer questions from the audience.

Many planners do not understand the needs and regulatory requirements of airports - this session will improve that understanding to create a better working relationship between local planners and airport administrators. 


Andrew Sheppard, ASL, PLA, LEEP AP

Invited Speaker

Mr. Sheppard is focused on creating livable communities, and has experience working at all scales of development on a broad range of residential, commercial, and institutional projects throughout the world. Mr. Sheppard is known for his ability to listen to clients translating their ideas into compelling plans and crafting achievable ... Read More

George M. Stokus, A.A.E.

Invited Speaker

Martin County Airport / Witham Field, Airport Manager. He is a licensed Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor with Instrument and Multi-Engine Endorsements. George has worked for various airports around the nation, including Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, Roanoke Regional Airport, and Kissimmee Gateway Airport. George earned his Masters of Public Administration ... Read More

Jack E. Thompson, Jr., C.M., LEED AP

Invited Speaker

Mr. Thompson has more than 22 years of aviation project and airport management experience. He has served as Project Manager on numerous aviation projects and as Airport Director for Flagler County Airport, which was the busiest non-towered Airport in the U.S at the time. His experience includes maintaining the ... Read More

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